Local Heroes Honored at Lower Township Council Meeting


Operation Gratitude and two local veterans were recognized by the Lower Township Council.
By: Ashley Hoff

October 15, the Lower Township Council recognized Charles Orthold, retired veteran, with a “Certificate of Appreciation” for his work with Operation Gratitude.  The Council also recognized Marvin Hulme for his extensive work with the charity.
Operation Gratitude is a program that sends care packages to those who are  serving in the military overseas and their families, according to Operation Gratitude‘s website. The group has donated close to one million packages to families and soldiers. Hulme brought a package with him to the meeting to set on display and contained items such as personal hygiene products, books, and letters for the service men and women.
Hulme spoke in Orthold’s absence Monday night.  He said that “six volunteers,” including himself, “honored and walked 175 miles and every mile they honored a particular solider.”  Marvin will be honored in Charlotte, NC, for Patriot Appreciation Day in November.
The Council agreed to a grant for  “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: 2012 Year End Statewide Crackdown.”  The board unanimously approved $4400 to the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Highway Safety for a crackdown lasting December 7, 2012, to January 2, 2013.
Council agreed to pay the final installment of a landscaping contract to Douglass Landscaping.  The payment of $6490.59 was agreed upon by all members except Glenn Douglass who abstained.  This is the eighth payment in the installment.

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